Scott Sinclair and Mikael Lustig started for Celtic during their defeat to Rangers at the weekend.

Chris Sutton has ripped into Celtic’s senior duo, Scott Sinclair and Mikael Lustig for their performances during their side’s defeat against Rangers on Saturday at Ibrox. 

The former Premier League player claimed that Celtic are ‘carrying’ Sinclair and ‘the time has come’ to replace Lustig, who was substituted at half-time by Brendan Rodgers. 

Right-back Lustig was replaced by youngster Anthony Ralston at the break, whilst Sinclair failed to have any impact in the attacking third as he played the full match.

Outspoken pundit Sutton didn’t hold back in his criticism of Celtic’s players as he explained what the problem is with Rodgers squad.  

“I just think when it comes down to it, you have to look at the players Celtic have at their disposal,” Sutton told 606 on BBC Radio 5 Live. “Too many players have been carried this season.

“They don’t have the strength in depth in the striking position. And they are carrying Scott Sinclair, yes he got a hat-trick against Aberdeen, but he didn’t turn up against Rangers. Lustig has been a great servant to Celtic but I think the time has come to replace him.”

Over the course of the season, Lustig has played 29 games in all competitions for the Bhoys, supplying three assists and finding the back of the net on one occasion.

For Sinclair, he has scored six goals and provided three assists in the league – three of those strikes did come against Aberdeen five days ago. 

Despite the defeat against their Old Firm rivals, Celtic still remain top of the Scottish Premiership, level on points with their neighbours, not forgetting they have a game in hand on the chasing pack. 

The Scottish Premiership, now on a winter break, will return to action towards the end of January, starting with the Scottish Cup encounters before teams return to league action.

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